The owner finds and pursues his stolen truck; Cantonment man faces charges : NorthEscambia.com

The owner of a stolen truck located him in Cantonment and pursued him, sending the suspect to jail after deputies arrived.

Charles Burland Kettering, Jr., has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Kettering, 44, allegedly stole a 1988 Chevrolet truck from a residence on Nine Mile Road. The truck owner then called the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and said she was chasing her stolen truck on Kingsfield Road, approaching Highway 29. Deputies arrived to see the truck drive through the high-speed intersection. Deputies carried out a criminal traffic stop on the lorry at Kingsfield Road and Squire Road.

“It’s methamphetamine,” Kettering told deputies as they found a crystalline substance in his left trouser pocket, according to an arrest report. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Kettering told deputies he did not know the vehicle had been stolen, he had received it from a friend known only as ‘Fat’ near a church on Kingsfield Road.

Kettering also had outstanding warrants for credit card fraud and trafficking in stolen property. He remained in the Escambia County Jail on bail set at $60,500.

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